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Lori Gruen

William Griffin Professor of Philosophy

Russell House,

Professor of Philosophy

Russell House, 11

Professor, Science in Society

Russell House,

Professor, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Allbritton Center,

Coordinator, Animal Studies

1 Vine Street,


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BA University of Colorado Boulder
PHD University of Colorado Boulder

Lori Gruen

Lori Gruen is a leading scholar in Animal Studies and Feminist Philosophy.  She is the author and editor of 10 books, including Ethics and Animals: An Introduction (Cambridge, 2011), Critical Terms for Animal Studies (Chicago, 2018), Reflecting on Nature: Readings in Environmental Philosophy and Ethics (Oxford, 2012), Ethics of Captivity (Oxford, 2014), and Entangled Empathy (Lantern, 2015). Her work in practical ethics and political philosophy focuses on issues that impact those often overlooked in traditional ethical investigations, e.g. women, people of color, incarcerated people, and non-human animals. She is a Fellow of the Hastings Center for Bioethics, a Faculty Fellow at Tufts’ Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine’s Center for Animals and Public Policy, and was the first chair of the Faculty Advisory Committee of the Center for Prison Education at Wesleyan. Gruen has documented the history of The First 100 chimpanzees in research in the US and has an evolving website that documents the journey to sanctuary of the remaining chimpanzees in research labs, The Last 1000.

Gruen has written on a range of topics in practical ethics, feminist philosophy and political philosophy. Her current projects include exploring captivity and the ethical and political questions raised by carceral logics.

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My office hours for Fall 2018 will alternate between Tuesdays and Thursday at 1:00.   Please contact me by e-mail to check to see if I'm available.


Fall 2020
PHIL 220 - 01
Human Nature

PHIL 368 - 01
Ethics of Captivity